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How is Suga Crafting Japan’s Policies towards Russia?
Introduction
After Yoshihide Suga became Japan’s Prime Minister following the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo with little experience in foreign diplomacy, questions were raised if he would be competent to handle Japan’s foreign relations. What has transpired in the past three months or so since Suga has been in office reveals that he has not fared badly.
India and Vaccine Diplomacy
Following the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic global interaction has focussed on dealing with the impact and consequences of it. Public Health diplomacy has acquired a higher place in international discourse at all levels including the G201, regional summits like the East Asia Summit2 and in bilateral discussions.
The Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Central Asia
Introduction
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is so profound that the world will never be the same again. Human communication, social norms and habits have transformed immensely due to this. More digitalisation and less physical interactions have become a daily routine in medical treatment, educational spaces, entertainment, and business sectors. Similarly, global politics and the economy have also gone through drastic changes.
आस्ट्रेलिया-चीन संबंध : कारोबार पर तकरार से भारी गिरावट
परिचय
चतुष्टय (क्वाड) का वर्तमान विकास एक जबरदस्त सुरक्षा संहिता के रूप में उभरा है और मालाबार के ऩौ सैन्य अभ्यास में आस्ट्रेलिया के शामिल होने से यह भारत और अंतरराष्ट्रीय जगत में मीडिया का ध्यान प्रचुरता में अपनी ओर खींचा है। विश्लेषकों का एक बड़ा समूह इसकी पद्धति को लेकर वही घिसा-पिटा सवाल किया है कि चीन के उद्भव और क्षेत्रीय मामलों में उसकी बढ़ती आग्रहिता को देखते हुए चतुष्टय का आयोजन उपयुक्त है या नहीं।
Myanmar Round Up: November 2020
The month marked a significant breakthrough in thedemocratic transition process of Myanmar. The third general elections were conducted since the initiation of political reforms in 2010. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi registered a decisive victory, winning 396 of the 498 seats in the bicameral parliament (258 seats in the lower house and 138 seats in the upper house), and defeating the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
Of Bulls, Boys and Bananas: A Realistic Look at Vaccine Transportation
Now that we have possibly viable candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine, the media frenzy has moved on to another plane – how to store and transport vaccines. Especially the Pfizer vaccine, which needs to be stored at -70°Celsius - colder than winter in Antarctica; and the Moderna candidate, which needs a more moderate -20°Celsius.1
Understanding the Complexities and Paradoxes of the Chinese Dream
The oft-quoted slogan “Chinese dream” by the President Xi Jinping, which was under spotlight when it was introduced, has gained widespread attention and jitters in China and the outside world. Inside China, the Chinese dream is everywhere, on streets, in cinemas, in music and even in schools. The Chinese dream is reminder for the Chinese that there will be rejuvenation of the country to its past glory. Outside China, the dream is a cause of concern - of an impending hegemonic Chinese world order.
VIF News Digests
Global Developments And Analysis: Weekly Monitor
January 19, 2021
Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 11 January - 17 January 2021

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China Daily Digest
January 22, 2021
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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2020
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: December 14, 2020

PAKISTAN PM blames PDM for endangering lives as PTI exults at ‘flop show’: DAWN Soon after the Pakistan Democratic Movement...

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International Development
December 28, 2020
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 1-15 December 2020

I. United States Politics and Society U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members, 3 December 2020 The...

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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
January 22, 2021
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 1-15 January 2021

I. United States Politics and Society US and Iran ratchet up military activity as concerns increase ahead of Soleimani...

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Myanmar Round Up
January 14, 2021
Myanmar Round Up : December 2020

The election controversies continued to prevail in December 2020. Over 240 complaints were filed with the Union Election...

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West Asia Round Up
January 15, 2021
West Asia Review: December 2020

Abstract: As the Iranian regime retained the strategic patience avoiding escalation beyond the threshold over the calls...

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